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Added-Sugars Warning Could Be Next for New York City Restaurants

Statement of CSPI Vice President for Nutrition Margo G. Wootan

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Legislation introduced today in the New York City Council would require chain restaurants to display a warning icon next to menu items that are high in added sugars. The bill, which is modeled after New York City’s pioneering 2015 sodium warning rule, would make New York the first city in the nation to provide information on menus about the added sugars that are often hidden in foods and beverages at restaurants. Excessive added sugars are linked to a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay.

New York was the first city to eliminate the use of trans fat and to require calories to be listed on chain restaurant menus—both of which have now been implemented nationwide. With this new proposal, introduced by Councilmember Mark Levine, New York City is once again taking the lead in informing consumers and creating an incentive for restaurants to offer healthier fare.

We look forward to the City Council passing this legislation—as well as a related bill to ensure that sugary drinks no longer be the default beverage in restaurant kids’ meals—early in the new year.

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